Drawing 1

Course Dates: 11/05/20 - 20/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Stelios Stylianou

Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.


What is the course about?

A series of experiments and drawing exercises will introduce you to ways of seeing. You will explore line, tone, shape, form and mark-making using pencil, charcoal and chalk. The course encourages an inventive approach to composition and introduces you to the underlying abstract forces that occur in all visual exploration. The experience can then be applied to a range of specialist subjects that use drawing skills to support and explore creativity.

What will we cover?

- Learning to look
- Composition and tone
- Light and shade
- Gesture and mark-making
- Putting it all together
- Measurement and relating the subject to eye level.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Plan a composition and understand spatial relationships
- Draw more accurately from observation
- Draw using tone to establish structure and create solidity of form
- Draw using line and gesture
- Start to develop a personal approach to drawing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials are provided.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course naturally leads onto 'Drawing 2'. You are encouraged to attend both courses to gain maximum benefit. You may also wish to go on to 'Develop your Drawing' or focus your drawing skills on life or portraiture.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Great course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/03/2020)
I found this course very developmental, and has inspired me to keep drawing in the future.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/02/2020)
The tutor is dynamic, encouraging, pacey and enabling. I was a terrified novice. The tutor's ability to get us all learning from each other and from our mistakes is inspiring. He works well with people with mixed experience and ability and gives specific and constructive feedback. You will get out of this course what you are prepared to put into it.
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Review by Rachel Harrison / (Posted on 12/12/2019)
You will be inspired to pick up a pencil and you may fall in love with charcoal
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2019)
Take the course it’s fantastic great tutor interesting content and have learnt a lot.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2019)
Have a go you may surprise yourself
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/12/2019)
The course provides a good basis for further development or drawing skills. It focuses on observational drawing, which is a necessary discipline on which to build more individual and creative expression
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Review by R. Jeffery / (Posted on 01/12/2019)
Really great for giving you confidence in drawing even if you feel you have no skills at all.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/11/2019)
Great introduction to working with charcoal and learning to be expressive and more confident
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Review by Cate / (Posted on 29/11/2019)
Thoroughly enjoyable course that caters for all
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
Highly recommended
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/11/2019)
I felt this was a great starter class for drawing.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Do it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Drawing 1 has enabled me to improve my art skills further and knowledge of types of art forms. The teacher helped us to achieve our best and helped improve my confidence.
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Review by Reshma / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Just do it.
Drawing is a talent that so many of us don't realise that we have inside us.
It is such a buzz to look at a piece that I have created and say "that's not bad at all".

The tutor is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really inspires us all.

I'm going to sign up to Drawing 2. I love it.
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Review by John M / (Posted on 13/11/2019)
Be very clear what the objectives of the course are before you start.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/07/2019)
For absolute beginners, a gentle encouraging course to learn basic drawing skills
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/06/2019)
That the standard of teaching is very high and that it's approachable for people of all abilities.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
If you're looking for a gentle introduction to how to learn to see what you're drawing, attend this course! Lessons start with an intriguing angle and then evolve to teach you something by the end of every session. And if you need to vent or talk your way through a piece, this teacher can totally show what you did well and what you can iterate more next to hearten you a bit. I loved it!
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Review by Elena S / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
This was the perfect place to re-engage with my drawing ability.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
This is a really great course for beginners and covers all of the basics you will need to progress to other mediums/drawing classes. I've really enjoyed the structure, because you're always building on a skill you've just learned.
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Review by Ellen / (Posted on 19/02/2019)
This course is excellent and looks at so many aspects of drawing in detail. It covers all the basics of drawing and gives enough confidence to move on to other more advanced courses.
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Review by Natalie / (Posted on 17/02/2019)
It is a good introduction to drawing. For the first half of the course new materials and techniques were introduced week by week. This makes it demanding as you move on quickly. Its also demanding because it really teaches you that looking and looking long and hard is a real skill that is challenging as we so rarely look at anything for any length of time.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
Do it! I have learnt lots and feel much more confident to try drawing different things.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
The course tutor was excellent providing a very well structured and supportive learning experience.
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Review by Sue / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
A solid introduction to basic drawing techniques that could easily lead to other courses and artistic practices, all conveyed in a friendly and entertaining manner
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Review by David O / (Posted on 21/11/2018)
I had barely touched a sketchpad since I was at school. With patience, knowledge and skill, the tutor guided a class of absolute beginners through the process of learning to draw. Starting with how to stand, hold the charcoal and move your arm through, by the end we were developing and creating attractive compositions, even drawing (pun intended) inspiration from Old Masters.

I already have my first commission - my final week study was bought by the friend who provided the photo I used for inspiration - it's going on her wall!

I'm coming back for Drawing 2 next term.
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Review by Berry / (Posted on 02/12/2016)
This was an excellent course where I learnt not only basic drawing techniques but also gained confidence on my skills. We used mainly charcoal, pastel and pencil although you could bring your own materials if you wanted to experiment with something else. The course outline is very accurate as to what will be taught during the course. We did a variety of exercises all of them interesting and engaging. The tutor was very knowledgeable about the subject and a great teacher bringing out the best in our abilities and giving constructive individual advice. I found her very inspiring and encouraging.
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Review by nia / (Posted on 05/08/2015)
This is an excellent course. I'd not had any art lesson since leaving primary school but was amazed at how much progress I made in just 10 weeks – when I brought home my final week's project my wife wanted to frame it and hang it in the living room! We worked mainly in charcoal, with some experimenting in pencil and Conté crayon. The emphasis throughout was on drawing what we see, paying attention to proportions and angles, along with technical stuff like perspective. We did still lifes, interior perspective drawing, outside in the street drawing buildings, copying a great master, drawing our own left hand, and even a nude model (gesture drawings and then a long pose – yes, it's not easy, but you learn a lot). The best aspect of the course was the way the tutor combined a class setting with one-to-one instruction: we spent most of the time drawing, following an initial demo or presentation, then the tutor came round giving us individual advice as we worked, then a class discussion at the end.
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Review by ej / (Posted on 03/07/2015)
A really interesting course- our tutor taught us a wide range of drawing techniques and was both very well organised and inspiring and was always willing to answer questions and to encourage us.
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Review by merrywidow / (Posted on 27/03/2015)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, learning to use a range of materials and different methods. My confidence in drawing grew and I found each class absorbing and challenging. The teacher was friendly, patient and encouraging with a good sense of humour.
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Review by Latestarter / (Posted on 20/03/2015)
I found the course a great way to underscore my current drawing skills. Each session's learning aim was clearly stated and comprehensive; complete with examples of artists work and demonstrations from the teacher. These demonstrations proved invaluable in understanding what was required and how to make amendments.
I enjoyed exploring the terminology.....tone , perspective, negative space etc and use a range of techniques.
The teacher was encouraging, thoughtful and humouros
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Review by Not applicable / (Posted on 17/02/2015)
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Course Code: VH368

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Mon, day, 11 May - 20 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

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